Out-of-work Joe needs something to do, won't rule out 2020 run

A lot of politicians don’t know when to call it quits --- especially the career ones. Take 75-year-old Joe Biden. Guys like Joe just can’t let it go. They’re worse than pro athletes when it comes to knowing when to walk away.

Apparently, out-of-work Joe needs something to do, because there he was on Sunday, keeping his foot in the door for a 2020 presidential run by showing up on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show. (I can’t believe I just said the words “Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show.”)

Biden’s eight-year paid vacation as Obama’s vice president apparently wasn’t enough of a victory lap for this former senator from Delaware. He needs one more go-round. I guess the prospect of a schoolyard rumble with President Trump is just too good to pass up.

Old habits die hard for career politicians.

Old habits die hard for career politicians. If we concede that guys like Biden can’t let go of the limelight, couldn’t he at least make it interesting and try to be original? Nope. He hasn’t even officially announced his candidacy yet, but on Sharpton’s show he pulled out the same tired, old party lines about Republicans trying to keep working-class and black people down --- that they especially don’t want them to vote.

This particularly tired party line is frayed and full of holes. In fact, it doesn’t even make sense. Of course, Republicans want as many black people to vote as possible --- they just want them to vote for Republicans. Funny how the same strategy applies, regardless of race.

If Joe Biden really wants to keep score over which party has fought more for the fundamental rights of black Americans, he’s not going to like the historical evidence very much. But then, Biden never has been a stickler for the truth. This is the guy who had to drop out of the race for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination after he was caught plagiarizing speeches.

For too many career politicians, like Joe Biden, the truth only matters when it’s convenient.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/30/anthony-fauci-moment-donald-trump-realized-extend-social-distancing-mandate/
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • "...it was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-violators-of-marylands-stay-at-home-order-face-criminal-charges.html
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.